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Hi, my name is Michele and I'm a complete newbie to Linux. In fact, I had never used it before yesterday when my Windows XP computer randomly shut off and ...
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- 05-03-2005 #1
- Join Date
- May 2005
help!! mkdir: cannot create directory `test': Read-only file
Here's my problem (aside from the fact that my computer just randomly turned off):
I can't tell if the problem was with Windows or with my C drive. All of my data seems to still be there, so I believe it is alright. I am trying to move everything of value to my D drive so that I can reformat C and reinstall a new OS. The problem lies in moving data.
Here is proof that my D drive (hdb1) is not read-only
knoppix@ttyp0[mnt]$ ls -l total 76 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 0 May 3 13:44 auto lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 May 3 13:44 cdrom -> /mnt/auto/cdrom lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 16 May 3 13:44 floppy -> /mnt/auto/floppy drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1024 May 3 09:43 hd drwxrwxrwx 1 knoppix knoppix 4096 May 2 07:13 hda1 drwxrwxrwx 1 knoppix knoppix 4096 Apr 15 21:26 hdb1 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1024 May 3 13:44 pts drwxrwxrwx 25 knoppix knoppix 65536 Dec 31 1969 sda1 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1024 May 3 13:44 sys drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 1024 May 3 09:43 test
knoppix@ttyp0[Michele]$ mkdir DESKTOPBACKUP/ mkdir: cannot create directory `DESKTOPBACKUP/': Read-only file system
If you can help me, please respond... I need to move my stuff because finals are coming up really soon and I need a working computer. Please keep in mind that I'm completely new to this and that I didn't even know how to use "cd" or "mkdir" before two hours ago.
Thank you so much...
- 05-03-2005 #2
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- Apr 2005
- Buenos Aires, Argentina
What's the output of mount and is your hdb1 a FAT32 or NTFS partition?serzsite.com.ar
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- 05-03-2005 #3
Well, here's the thing...
If D:\ is a VFAT, we can help you. However, NTFS is unwritable in Linux (okay, it technically is writable, but it's difficult, you can't create new files, and sizes must remain the same).
So if you can please tell us what partition your D: is, and if it is a VFAT or not, we can help.
Hmmm...just realized, does Knoppix support VFAT? If someone can verify, I'd be grateful.
- 05-03-2005 #4
- Join Date
- May 2005
here's the output of mount:
knoppix@ttyp0[knoppix]$ mount /dev/root on / type ext2 (rw) /dev/scd0 on /cdrom type iso9660 (ro) /dev/cloop on /KNOPPIX type iso9660 (ro) /ramdisk on /ramdisk type tmpfs (rw,size=198636k) /proc/bus/usb on /proc/bus/usb type usbdevfs (rw,devmode=0666) automount(pid642) on /mnt/auto type autofs (rw,fd=4,pgrp=642,minproto=2,maxproto=4) /dev/hdb1 on /mnt/hdb1 type ntfs (ro,nosuid,nodev,umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000) /dev/hda1 on /mnt/hda1 type ntfs (ro,nosuid,nodev,umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000)
- 05-03-2005 #5Code:
/dev/hdb1 on /mnt/hdb1 type ntfs (ro,nosuid,nodev,umask=000,uid=1000,gid=1000)
So the problem with hdb1 (d: ) is that is NTFS.
- 05-04-2005 #6
Yeah, so your proposed solution will not work. Writing to NTFS is currently a bad idea, and is difficult anyway.
My recommendation is to simply burn a CD with the files you want. I dunno if k3b is included with Knoppix, but if it is, boot that up and burn a CD with what you want to backup. You can pull it right off the NTFS drive.
- 05-04-2005 #7How to know if you are a geek.
when you respond to "get a life!" with "what's the URL?"
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- 05-04-2005 #8
Describe your Windows problem and perhaps we can help you repair it.
Do you have the XP installation CD? If so see if will it start up? If it does it will prompt you for a Repair.....registered Linux user #388382
Have you checked here first?